2018-03-12 / Front Page

Police seek witness video of shooting

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said investigators trying to piece together a fatal Feb. 11 shooting on 3rd Avenue are hopeful someone captured the incident on a cell phone video and is willing to turn it over.

Anyone in possession of such a video can arrange through Crime Stoppers of Cherokee County (1-888-CRIME-SC) to turn it over anonymously or they can contact the sheriff ’s office directly.

On Feb. 11 at 1:56 p.m., sheriff ’s office deputies were called to a fight in progress with shots fired on 3rd Avenue near 4th Street and deputies ascertained there had been a gathering of at least 30 people.

It’s believed a group of women began fighting first, Mueller said, before several men started fighting. Deputies were told one man involved in the fight pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds, causing the crowd to flee.

While deputies were on scene, Sherman O. Tate, 33, was dropped off at Mary Black Health System – Gaffney with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Tate died in the emergency room at 4:05 p.m. that day, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said.

Mueller said that, so far investigators have been able to identify several people who were present on 3rd Avenue during the incident. “We’re not at a standstill,” he said. “This case is still moving forward.”

Det. April Haney can be contacted directly at (864) 619-2002.

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